Coronavirus information for Feinberg.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Skip to main content

New Leadership Appointments

Lurie Cancer Center is pleased to announce three new senior leadership appointments.

“The remarkable strengths and expertise of each individual will enhance our efforts. I look forward to working with each of them in these important new roles,” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Lurie Cancer Center.


melissa Simon, MD, MPH

Associate Director of
Community Outreach and Engagement

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, has been named Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement. In this new role, Simon will lead our community partnerships and initiatives to reduce cancer disparities across Chicago and beyond, and will advance advocacy and public policy. 

We would like to thank Alexis Thompson, MD, for her leadership over the last decade, and wish her the best in her new role at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania.

Sarki A. Abdulkadir, MD, PhD

Associate Director of
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sarki A. Abdulkadir, MD, PhD

Sarki A. Abdulkadir, MD, PhD, the John T. Grayhack, MD, Professor of Urological Research, has been named Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this new role, Abdulkadir will lead the Lurie Cancer Center's efforts to enhance the diversity of the research workforce, promote career-enhancing research opportunities for early- and mid-career researchers from diverse backgrounds, and foster an equitable and inclusive environment throughout the Lurie Cancer Center.

Mary Mulcahy, MD

Associate Director of
Clinical Operations

Mary Mulcahy, MD

Mary Mulcahy, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, has been named Associate Director of Clinical Operations. In this role, Mulcahy will focus on the expanding medical oncology clinical operations and infusion services. She will continue to work closely with Jeffrey Wayne, MD, who also serves as Associate Director for Clinical Operations.